Quick takes- summer favorites edition

Young Jane Young. Oh man, did I love this book. This is really sharp, feminist, and funny. In a nutshell, it's about a Lewinsky-esque scandal and how she and her family dealt with the aftermath. One of the few things I love about the time we're living in is that Monica Lewinsky is awesome now and we're realizing how we should have looked at that scandal way back then. The final section is in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure book, and that really brought it up a notch for me. Seemed...

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Quick takes- July 2018

The Hypnotist's Love Story. 3 1/2 stars. Very mixed bag. The main storyline is not that interesting, but weirdly, the stalker is the most relatable character in the book. Could have used a good edit.

There There. 4 stars. I loved the structure of this book. You got to see everyone's point of view, and you felt it building up to a strong climax. Very impressive debut.

Social Creature. 2 stars. The Talented Mr Ripley, but if Ripley was dumb and unoriginal and would have been caught...

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The week in review

I'm on summer time, so kind of slacking on weekly recaps. But we're not slacking on reading or going to the library.

I absolutely loved The Great Believers. I've loved everything she's written but this was on a new level for me. I've read lots of fiction about the AIDS crisis before, but this one really hit home how tragic it was. I lost a very close friend when I was 23, and I still think of him every day; how did people live seeing their entire friend groups wiped out one by one? I...

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The week (or so) in review

I'm still fairly jet lagged, and the weather in Seattle is pretty dumb, but here's one of my favorite pictures from our trip.

I hate to say it, but I didn't love Providence the way I wanted to love Providence. My expectations were probably too high, because I loved You so so so much. Based on the description, I might not have even read this if it hadn't been Caroline Kepnes, but on the flip side, I may have liked it more if it had been written by someone else. This was fine, not...

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